Oct 24, 2010


October 24, 1945:

Baseball Gives Contract to 1st Negro Player: The first Negro player ever to be admitted to organized baseball was signed tonight by the Brooklyn Dodgers for their International league farm club, the Montreal Royals. Jackie Robinson, lean six foot Negro shortstop ... represents the first fruit of a $25,000 search which has been conducted secretly by President Branch Rickey of the Dodgers.

Last night, on October 23, 2010, the San Francisco (formerly New York) Giants beat the Phillies to advance to the World Series. Just 65 years ago, there wasn't even one non-white player in the major leagues. But then came Jackie Robinson, changing things for the better, forever.

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